I was raised on muddy inland waterways and so consequently deep blue water has a special fascination for me. The Blue Water culture that exists in Nova Scotia I find completely mesmerizing. Deep water, Rocky coasts, Seagoing industries and lots of small towns where the sense of community remains intact. I like nothing better than exploring these amazingly places swept by fantastic tides like those on the Fundy Bay which can be used to generate electricity and also sampling the local seafood chowder (with crusty bread) at enumerable cozy little taverns where people take the time to learn your name. The place is like a storybook.
For a compulsive photographer it is easy to get overwhelmed here. Every axis and sightline reveals something worth seeing and even more worth photographing. One of the most fascinating things about this land is the robust wooden boat trades are alive and well. Massive seagoing vessels in varying states of repair and maintenance with genuine craftsmen tending the ways. The boat building skill of Nova Scotia is legendary and world famous. Places like Halifax have a real pulse to them. Music, arts, intact culture and a society that seems far less self absorbed than anyplace I know in the United States. This part of the world is one of the few that have felt like my natural home. I know that many Americans consider the cold up here unacceptable. So be it. Cold is merely a state of mind.